Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Respiratory Care Program  
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How do I classify myself as a pre-respiratory care student?
  2. Do I have to supply the college with transcripts regarding my education?
  3. Should I meet with a college counselor?
  4. Do I have to complete COMPASS testing before I submit an application to the RCP program?
  5. If I took the ACT tests in high school, can they be substituted for the COMPASS testing?
  6. How do I schedule COMPASS testing?
  7. What are the minimum scores for the above COMPASS tests?
  8. What should I do if my COMPASS test scores are low?
  9. If I take the recommended course work, do I have to retake the COMPASS test?
  10. What is the minimum college grade point for admission into the program?
  11. What pre-requisite courses must be completed prior to obtaining an application to the RCP program?
  12. What are the grading standards for the prerequisite courses?
  13. When do you accept applications?
  14. Can I turn in an application after the initial application period?
  15. Does my health form need to be completed to turn in my application?
  16. What if I do not have my prerequisites completed until December 2010?
  17. If I submit my completed application in September 2010; when will I know if I am in the program?
  18. If I do not get into the program in the Fall 2011; will I need to re-apply?
  19. What is my Immunization/Physical Exam form deadline if I am accepted late into the program?

 

  1. How do I classify myself as a Pre-Respiratory Care student?

    If you haven’t applied to the college, submit a college application and select Pre-Respiratory Care as your program.

    If you are already a student at KVCC and are in another curriculum, contact the Counseling Center (269-488-4123) and ask to have your curriculum code changed to Pre-RCP.

  2. Do I have to supply the college with transcripts regarding my education?

    Yes. You must provide the college Admissions & Records Office with:

    1. High school transcripts or GED test scores indicating high school graduate equivalency.
    2. College transcripts from all previous colleges attended, if applicable.     Top

  3. Should I meet with a college counselor?

    Yes. You should schedule an appointment with an academic counselor by calling (269) 488-4123 to develop a program plan. This is a critical step that should be completed early in your admission process.

  4. Do I have to complete COMPASS placement testing before I submit an application to the RCP program?

    Yes. COMPASS placement testing in Reading, Writing and Math (Test I/Pre-Algebra) is required prior to submitting an application.    Top

  5. If I took the ACT tests in high school, can they be substituted for the COMPASS placement testing?

    Yes, if you have taken your ACT tests, you must have the scores sent to the college from your high school. You can also request them from www.actstudent.org. KVCC's ACT code is 2016. You must attain the following scores:
      Reading - 18
      Writing - 18
      Math - 18

  6. How do I schedule COMPASS placement testing?

    COMPASS placement tests can be taken on a walk-in basis in the Testing Center (Room 2210).

  7. What are the minimum scores for the above COMPASS placement tests?

    You must attain the following COMPASS scores:
       Reading - 84
       Writing - 70
       Math (Test I/Pre-Algebra) - 50        Top

  8. What should I do if my COMPASS test scores are low?

    You should meet with an academic counselor to determine what courses are recommended to improve your test scores.

  9. If I take the recommended coursework, do I have to retake the COMPASS test(s)?

    COMPASS/ACT scores in Reading cannot be waived by any coursework. Once you have completed the recommended course(s) you will need to retake the Reading test. You must have a Reading score of at least 80 to be admitted to the program.

    You should also take the recommended coursework for Writing and Math if you don’t meet minimum requirements. Completion of equivalent coursework will be accepted as meeting the Writing and Math standards for the program.      Top

  10. What is the minimum college Grade Point Average for admission into the program?

    Students must have an overall Grade Point Average of 2.0 or greater in all subjects.

  11. What prerequisite courses must be completed for admission into the RCP program?

    Students must complete or transfer in the following prerequisite courses:
       BIO 110 Anatomy and Physiology
       BIO 210 Human Physiology
       CHM 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry
       MATH 100 Health Careers Math
       HCR 116 Medical Terminology
       HCR 120 Applied Microbiology          Top

  12. What are the grading standards for the prerequisite courses?

    Students must receive a minimum of a 2.0 grade in each of the prerequisite courses listed above. Students that do not receive a passing grade in a prerequisite course may repeat that prerequisite/co-requisite course ONLY once. A student may only repeat a maximum of (2) two different prerequisite/co-requisite courses.

  13. When do you accept applications?

    Applications are accepted beginning each October for the following Fall program.       Top

  14. Can I turn in an application after the initial application period?

    The program will accept applications after the initial application period; however Active Application Date is one of the criteria for admission to the program. Applicants who apply after the initial application period will only be accepted if the program is not fully enrolled by applicants that submitted their application during the initial application period.

  15. Do my Immunization/Physical Exam forms need to be completed to turn in my application?

    NO. Once your application is received and it is determined that you meet the academic requirements for the program (acceptable COMPASS test scores and acceptable grades in all 6 prerequisite courses) you will be given a deadline by which you must complete your Immunization/Physical Exam forms.         Top

  16. What if I do not have my prerequisites completed by the initial application period?

    You are still welcome to apply even if you are in the process of finishing your prerequisites. The date that grades become available (or transcripts arrive) for your last prerequisite course(s) will be assigned as your Active Application Date. If the program is full at that time you will be considered for the alternate list.

  17. If I submit my application in October and have completed all of my prerequisites and COMPASS requirements, when will I know if I am in the program?

    Depending on the number of applications received, we will notify students of their status between the end of November and early December. Please Note: If you have applied in (or after) October but have NOT finished your prerequisites, you will receive a "pending" letter explaining that your acceptance or alternate status will be determined upon successful completion of your prerequisites.      Top

  18. If I do not get into the Fall program I have applied for, will I need to re-apply for the next one?

    Yes, you will need to re-apply. We often have students drop right up until classes begin in the Fall. If you are an alternate, you should keep Tuesdays and Thursdays open in your schedule so that you are able to join the program if a spot becomes available at the last minute.

  19. What is my Immunization/Physical Exam form deadline if I am accepted late into the program?

    You will generally have 30 days following your acceptance to complete the Immunization/Physical Exam forms if the initial deadline has already passed. Top